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What is Crepitus?

Crepitus is also described as a cracking or popping sound when tissues rub against each other. This rubbing is caused by abnormal interaction among air, fluid or bone.

What are symptoms of Crepitus?

Some symptoms that you could experience is you suffer from Crepitus would be:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Redness/warmth of the skin over the joint
  • Reduced mobility
  • Swelling

In other cases, it could be due to symptoms of life-threatening situations. Examples include:

  • Bluish discoloration of the skin or lips
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • High fever
  • Nausea and vomiting

What causes Crepitus?

The following can be some causes of Crepitus:

  • Bone fragments
  • Tearing or damage of cartilage
  • Wasting of cartilage
  • Roughness in the cartilage due to arthritis

How is Crepitus treated?

If you are experiencing swelling of a joint, you can treat it by applying ice packs to the area.

You may also take over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil or Tylenol to relieve the pain.

Cortisone injections may also help.

You can also minimize the chances of Crepitus from developing, by following these health habits:

  • Manage your weight
  • Exercise
  • Taking dietary supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

Consider seeing a physician that specializes in orthopedics if you are concerned about your symptoms.

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